[UPDATED] GT-I9300 on carrier tests in Vietnam (HD video/HQ photos/PICASA photos)
We’re still weeks away from an official big stage unveiling, but it looks like Samsung’s next Galaxy phone is already out there. Vietnamese site Tinhte, which has past form on these kind of things, has got it hands on the GT-I9300 – purportedly the Galaxy S III if Samsung decides to follow its own naming convention. According to the specifications leaked, the phone houses a 4.6-inch display at 720 x 1184 resolution (320 DPI, depending on whether you include those on-screen Android buttons), while a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor works on keeping the Ice Cream Sandwich OS running smoothly. Other hardware mentions include 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage plus microSD capability.
According to Tinhte, the 2,050mAh battery will arrive with NFC capabilities baked in, like the Galaxy Nexus before it. There’s an iffy plastic rim surrounding to the whole device that has apparently been added not to ruin the surprise of how the device looks ahead of its official launch. While we’ve seem some similar hardware leaks already, this video makes a very strong case for it being the real deal. Take a look for yourself right after the break, alongside a picture of the back.
Clearly this is not the final design yet this is first such a major breach of Samsung hush hush policy regarding Samsung Galaxy S3 where and whats.
The Tinhte post that revealed the Galaxy S III test unit may have been pulled down, but it contained more than just a hands-on video – it also had a few 8MP camera samples. Now, the phone is not a production unit and the lighting conditions are far from perfect, but the EXIF data of the samples is still able to reveal a few interesting bits about the smartphone.
That info reveals that the Samsung Galaxy S III has an F/2.6 aperture (the aperture on the S II is F/2.65) and the focal length has gone from 3.97mm to 3.7mm. That means that either the viewing angle of the new Samsun flagship is wider than that of its predecessor (going from 28mm to 26mm in 35mm equivalent) or that the image sensor in the new Galaxy is slightly bigger – about 7%.
Also two pictures snapped with phone’s camera and few photos made by Tinhte crew (click to enlarge even more):